The Watering Hole: December 17 – The Airport at Tegel

A C-54 (DC-4) landing at Tempelhof during the Berlin Airlift

Soon after the outbreak of World War I, the area now identified today as Tempelhof Airport was used for training military aerial reconnaissance crews and as an aircraft testing and fabrication center. Following WW I all aviation was discontinued by conditions from the Treaty of Versailles. On September 27, 1930, Rudolf Nebel began a rocket testing and research facility on the site. This was called the Raketenschie├čplatz Tegel. It was the base of German rocket development until 1937 when development was moved to the secret Peenem├╝nde army research center.

During World War II, Tegel was used as a military training base. Tegel was leveled by Allied air forces in the war.
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